Horse Clothing and More – How to Prepare Your Horse For Spring | Clothes and Shoes

The house bound days and nights of winter offer the perfect time to take a long hard look at your horse tack, riding apparel and horse clothing, as well as to evaluate the need for any vaccines this spring. Before you know it, spring will be here with its warmer days and more demanding training and show schedule that will leave you no time for these important tasks. Now is the time to get organized.As you head outside after a long winter, it may feel great to get up and moving again, but it can also be a time of chilled bodies, muddy tack and potential injury. Soggy arenas, forgone vaccines and neglected hooves can lead to serious injury or worse, making it even more important to get organized and prepared for a productive training and show season.Equine WardrobeJust as we switch from winter to summer wardrobes, so too, must your equine friends be given new clothing, to fit the season. While your heavy winter blanket may have been fine for the frigid winter months, it can be too much in the cool dampness of spring, causing sweating that can result in chilled muscles and achy joints when the heavy blanket is removed. As you start getting outside to train, an exercise blanket can guard against catching a chill and a lighter weight blanket can provide just the right amount of protection.

This is also an excellent time to go over all of your horse tack to check for cracks, worn spots, patches of mold in the leather and broken buckles. These items must be cleaned, repaired and if necessary, replaced. As horse clothing and tack dealers make way for new spring styles, prices are being cut across the board, making this the perfect time to restock on those basic necessities. The new styles coming out make it fun as well!Slow And Steady WinsAs tempting as it may be to jump right in to a full training program, months of inactivity and dubious training surfaces warrant caution and taking your time before building up to progressively more demanding training sessions. If your animal has been largely barn bound for the winter months, it is important to begin training slowly and steadily, allowing muscles (and yours!) to regain their tone.Starting slow and easy not only helps to prevent injury, it provides both of you the time needed to reconnect and re-establish your communication. In these pre-spring riding sessions, it is even more important to check hooves for cracks and splits and to check shoes for missing nails. It is also a good idea to look closely to see if hooves need trimming or filing.Take A Shot For The TeamAs much as people avoid vaccinations out of fear or hectic schedules, your equine animals will do absolutely nothing to get them on his or her own. It is up to you (and your vet) to maintain accurate vaccination records that let you know what is due and what is not. Spring is a common time of year for most annual vaccinations. These include East, West and Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis, rabies, Influenza, tetanus and Rhinopneumonitis. Depending upon exposure to other animals and your geographical region, you may also want to consider additional Encephalomyelitis, Influenza and Rhino vaccines, along with those for West Nile Virus, Potomac Horse Fever, Strangles and Botulism.

Spring Cleaning, Stable StyleVaccinations, hoof exams and care with an annual inventory of your horse tack, horse clothing and riding apparel can give you a head’s up about what needs replacing, repairing or just a good cleaning. Horse tack tends to get ignored until something breaks, and that can be dangerous. Opting for an annual Spring Cleaning of everything related to care, feeding, training and management can prevent injury, save money and help you to look and perform your very best. Ensuring that your equine is protected from the elements as the seasons change will make it far less likely that they will become ill or injured. This will allow you to move through your training regime as planned, rather than taking weeks to recover from a respiratory infection or a tender joint. Wild animals may have the ability to survive the icy weather of winter and the dampness of spring, but our four-legged athletes are accustomed to barns and blankets. It is up to us to ensure that our faithful friends are warm and protected with the appropriate equestrian clothing.

Get Your Clothes and Accessories in Order With These Closet Organizers | Clothes and Shoes

The untamed closet makes getting dressed the equivalent of walking into a forest with just a breadcrumb trail to guide you out.  In either case, you never know just how exactly you will escape. From piles of orphaned shoes to clothes hanging precariously from hangers by one shoulder, this landmine of apparel is destined to blow up in your face at some point unless you take control of the situation and get organized once and for all. Thankfully, there are tons of closet organizing products available that will make straightening up and keeping it that way a cinch.The best way to organize your closet is to start from the ground up and get the mountains of shoes matched, paired and stored for easy access. First and foremost, take all of your shoes out and line them up in one place. Being able to see just what you have at once will help you narrow down what you want to keep and what is expendable. Make a pile for donating, a pile for shoes you want to keep and a pile for those that don’t deserve a second life. Make the necessary cuts and move on from there.For those lucky pairs that make the cut, a good shoe organizer that will save floor space is the Black Over The Door 26 Pair Shoe Organizer. This rack hangs over your closet door with three hooks and can hold both shoes and other accessories. The organizer loads shoes in from either side, and the front is mesh, so you can easily see what is in each compartment. This orderly tool will protect your shoes from dust and bugs while keeping them perfectly paired. Made of polyester, this handy organizer measures 22 inches by 6 inches by 63 inches.

Folks who worry about damaging their closet doors with organizers that hang on them from hooks can solve their shoe madness with a floor based product such as Wood & Chrome Closet Shelves. These shelves sit on your closet floor, turning empty useless space into a neat row of shoes and other accessories. These shelves have four wood and wire tiers and measure 11.63 inches by 25 inches by 27.5 inches. Perfect for those who do not know a screwdriver from a hammer, the Wood & Chrome Closet Shelves do not require any tools for assembly. Once your shoe fiasco is tamed, the next areas to be tackled are your clothes. Most people are not lucky enough to have huge walk-in closets where clothes hang freely on racks that can be browsed through. Instead, we have four seasons’ worth of clothes jam packed into a tiny space, making finding anything nearly impossible without removing items piece by piece. The saving grace for this type of problem are space saving hangers like the Steel Hanger Cascader. Sold in sets of 2, this unique hanger also lets you maximize closet space with a vertical drop. The Hanger Cascader lets you fit your own hangers into the allotted slots so that they hang down in tiers, effectively quadrupling the amount of hanger space available to you. The only problem will be the need to fight the urge to buy even more clothes to take up that extra space! This sturdy space saver is made of chrome finish iron and measures 10 ¼ inches by ¾ inch.Accessories are a category of items that tends to get overlooked by many when they strategize about closet organizing, perhaps because of their secondary nature. Of course, once you begin cleaning, it can quickly become clear that purses, belts, scarves, ties and more were hogging up more than their fair share of room. The Hanging Handbag Organizer is one good purse storage option that protects and organizes up to eight bags. This ingenious space saving storage solution hangs at eye level from your closet rod and features eight clear pockets (4 per side) so bags are shielded from dust and other potential hazards, yet are visible for matching with outfits. The Hanging Handbag Organizers is made of Polypropylene and vinyl and measures 12 inches by 48 inches.

Regardless of the current state of emergency your closet is in, thanks to innovative storage there is an organizer available for every type of shoes, clothing and accessories you own. Rather then waste time every morning hunting for clothes or missing shoes, pick up some shoe, clothing or purse organizers so you can clear out the clutter once and for all. Once you restore some semblance of order, you will never spend another morning crawling around your closet floor as if searching for the Holy Grail. Get your clothes organized today and the forecast for fashion will be sunny and warm seven days a week.